New Solar Technology to Increase Energy Production by 30% Per Day

New Solar Technology to Increase Energy Production by 30% Per Day

  A new solar tracking technology is increasing energy production by 30% per day, adding to the return on investment of rooftop solar arrays. Edisun Microgrids, a solar technology company, and West Hills Construction, Inc. announced a partnership to develop up to 20 MW of … Read more…

NRDC Report: 3 Strategies to Reduce Carbon Emissions 80% by 2050

NRDC Report: 3 Strategies to Reduce Carbon Emissions 80% by 2050

  According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), there are three strategies for reducing energy use in buildings that could help slash carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels, an amount that scientists say is necessary to prevent the worst effects of … Read more…

Commercial PACE Now Available in Illinois

Commercial PACE Now Available in Illinois

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is now available in Illinois for commercial properties. This year, SB1700 – HB2831 successfully passed committees and just last month the Illinois governor signed it into law. According to dailyherald.com, “The introduction of PACE in Illinois will help spur more … Read more…

How Penn State Medical Center Saved $300K/Year by Improving Chiller Plants

How Penn State Medical Center Saved $300K/Year by Improving Chiller Plants

Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center’s energy engineer knew the campus’s chiller plants were efficient, but he believed they could be improved. By optimizing the chiller plants across the campus, the center ensured they were running at peak efficiency, saving electricity costs, using less water, and reducing emissions. In fact, annual energy savings were found to be…

There’s Lots Wrong with Tenant Submetering; Here Are 10 Fixes

There’s Lots Wrong with Tenant Submetering; Here Are 10 Fixes

While it can be a smart move for commercial real estate companies to bill their tenants each month based on the amount of electricity, water and/or gas they consume. But the current process of billing tenants for their actual consumption is inefficient, inaccurate, frustrating and costly. Here are 10 problems with tenant submetering as it stands today and how you can solve them.

HVAC System Efficiency Comparison Tool Helps Building Professionals Choose

HVAC System Efficiency Comparison Tool Helps Building Professionals Choose

A new total commercial building HVAC comparison tool may help prospective builders, consulting engineers and design-build professionals may seriously simplify the vetting process for HVAC systems during the early design phase. Here’s how.

Michigan PACE Programs Set to Boom, Says Lender

Michigan PACE Programs Set to Boom, Says Lender

The state of Michigan is on the verge of exploding with PACE projects, according to Andy Levin, president of Levin Energy Partners LLC. Levin, who promotes PACE through the company’s Lean & Green Michigan program, says nearly 10 energy management improvement projects in Michigan have taken … Read more…

Number of Zero-Net Energy Buildings Surges

Number of Zero-Net Energy Buildings Surges

The number of zero-net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings in the United States doubled between 2014 and 2017, according to newbuildings.org. As facilityexecutive.com points out, the growth is due primarily to industry leadership, technology market evolution, construction workforce development, policies, and consumer awareness. Also helping the … Read more…

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